Red Sox Michael Chavis’ option for another practice site as Opening Day roster becomes clearer
Michael Chavis has always faced an uphill battle to make the Red Sox’ opening day roster. But even after a solid spring, the infielder will start the season in Triple-A.
The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Chavis had been chosen for the alternate training site, meaning Christian Arroyo beat him for the final roster spot. Chavis still had options, but Arroyo was out of options and should have been exposed to waivers if the Red Sox decided on the option.
Chavis had hit .250 with six home runs, 11 RBIs, .292 on-base percentage and .600 hitting percentage in 25 Grapefruit League games this spring. After a poor 2020 season on the board, Chavis said he worked hard this offseason, knowing he needed a strong spring to earn a spot on the team.
Cora said Chavis was understandably disappointed with the decision.
“Both of them did an amazing job,” Cora said of Chavis and Arroyo. “They did a good job. In the spring, I knew a little about Christian, I knew a lot about Michael. There are a lot of circumstances that go into the decision but one thing we like about Christian is that he can play short. We saw him throughout the spring, he knows how to do that. Michael he took a few steps and we talked about it and I’m glad he was upset because that’s part of it nobody’s happy when they send you off but we talked about a few things he has to do to be the complete hitter we know he can be.
Cora said one thing he wants Chavis to continue working on is getting better control of the strike zone after being aggressive chasing pitches out of the box. The manager believes there will be a place for him in the big leagues at some point this season.
“I’ve been saying from the start that it takes more than 26 guys to win this thing,” Cora said. “Because you’re on the opening day roster, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be here all season, and there are circumstances and injuries and other things, especially these days. … We you never know what can happen so he has to be ready, not just him, all those kids there. We know they can play. And I think it will be good for him to come down and play every day And that’s going to make him a better player.
The return of Franchy Cordero also made the Chavis option unavoidable. The outfielder was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list on Tuesday after having been there since February 22. He has made good progress after a late start to camp and will now be on the opening day roster.
Other Red Sox roster moves:
* In addition to Chavis, right-handed reliever Colten Brewer has been moved to the alternate training site. That means Phillips Valdez, who emerged as one of the Red Sox’s best bullpen arms last season, will likely be on the opening day roster.
* To make room on the 40-player roster, right-handed pitcher John Schreiber has been designated for assignment.